The James Walston Fund
The James Walston Fund was launched by alumnae Sallie Pisch (International Relations, 2010) and Cait Bagby (International Relations, 2009), in May 2014, following the premature passing of Professor James Walston.
It supports AUR degree-seeking students enrolled in the International Relations & Global Politics program. Funding goes towards the numerous academic field trips organized by the department, which follow two objectives: to study the international organizations in major EU cities (e.g. Brussels, Geneva, Vienna) and to gain firsthand experience in areas of conflict, peace-building, separatism, nationalism or development (recent field trips were organized in Kosovo, Basque country, Ghana and Turkey; the next trip will be to Israel and Palestine).
To Professor Walston these trips were an essential component of an International Relations’ education because they provided students the possibility to experience theoretical and historical training on the ground. Through these academic field trips, students don’t just gain knowledge of the real world but create bonds as a community by sharing a common passion of international affairs.
To read more about Professor Walston and his work at AUR, visit the James Walston Memorial page
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